Wednesday, 19 February 2014

A few days in Amritsar: Jallianwala Bagh, buildings and street life

The Jalianwala Bagh Massacre is yet another example of the British doing their very best to commit mis-rule on a grand scale. In 1919 General Dyer ordered his troops to open fire on a large group of Indians and depending on whom you want to believe, up to 1000 were killed. From the official British reaction, there is no doubt that he committed a major crime even if he was not found guilty of one.

Massacre Park 002










Massacre Park Bullet Marks









The enormity of the crime is now only evidenced by bullet marks on a few of the walls inside the park, a few commentary placards 

Massacre Park 001













and (in a few years time when it has grown some more) some rather clever topiary of soldiers with raised rifles.

Some Lovely Old Buildings and Street Life

As is always the case in India, there are some lovely old buildings everywhere in the town if you keep your eyes open for them. Amritsar seems to specialise in “jettying” as these examples show:

Amritsar Building 1









Amritsar Building 4









Amritsar Building 3









There is a lot of construction work taking place

Temple Construction









around the Temple

Female brick carrier













and examples of women working as manual labourers

Female Construction Workers









on one of the many building sites.

Food Hygiene









This is a perfect illustration of why one has to be careful eating in India - the plates etc are

Street Sewers













being cleaned in the public drain / sewer which runs in front of the shop.

Street Life













Carrying or transporting things around the city demands strength and confidence that no one will knock into you

Meal delivery service









or that nothing will spill

Horse cart









and that the horse is strong enough.

Traffic Accident









This was one of the few traffic accidents we saw which is surprising given the chaos of the streets.






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